Thinking outside the box moreh lmorim 2011

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An exploration of innovations in congregational education

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Thinking outside the box moreh lmorim 2011

  1. 1. Thinking Outside the Box: Models of Innovation in Congregational Education presented by Jeffrey Lasday, Director Alliance for Jewish Education [email_address] Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  2. 2. <ul><li>Unlocking your mind for innovation </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  3. 3. Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  4. 4. <ul><li>What are our hidden assumptions? </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  5. 5. <ul><li>The Egg Carton School </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  6. 6. <ul><li>What would it take for us to recreate or re-envision “school”? </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  7. 7. <ul><li>Communication Revolution 1439 </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education <ul><li>Renaissance </li></ul><ul><li>Reformation </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Based Economy </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Adaptive Change vs. Transformative Change </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  9. 9. Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education Adaptive Change
  10. 10. Transformative Change Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  11. 11. Which one are you? <ul><li>Digital natives and </li></ul>Digital immigrants ~Marc Prensky Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  12. 12. Mobile is the “NEW Digital” <ul><li>“ The kids these days are not digital kids. The digital kids were in the 90’s. The kids today are mobile, and there’s a difference. Digital is the old way of thinking. Mobile is the new way.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Dr. Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan School of Education </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  13. 13. Mobile is the “NEW Digital” <ul><li>In a recent survey by security software maker AVG of children from the United States and around world between the ages two – five: </li></ul><ul><li>19% of parents reported that their child could use a Smartphone application </li></ul><ul><li>9% of parents reported that their child could tie his/her shoe </li></ul><ul><li>A 2010 Nielson study found that teenagers are sending </li></ul><ul><li> or receiving an average of 3,339 texts a month </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(an average of 111 texts per day) </li></ul></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  14. 14. <ul><li>Today’s Hebrew School is not your father’s Hebrew school, . . . . . nor is it the school that you remember. </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  15. 15. <ul><li>What are your “What ifs?” </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  16. 16. What if . . . .Our goal was to “expand” Jewish time? Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  17. 17. <ul><li>What if . . .we were to reconsider Jewish education </li></ul><ul><li>for the 21 st century? </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  18. 18. <ul><li>What if . . . .parents wanted a Hebrew school with “more” hours instead of less? </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  19. 19. <ul><li>What if Hebrew school was more like camp? </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  20. 20. What if . . . .Hebrew School was just like camp? Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  21. 21. <ul><li>What if . . . Hebrew school was like scouting? </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  22. 22. What if . . . . . students could learn Hebrew in their pjs without having to leave home through on-line learning? Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  23. 23. What if . . . . congregations, the Jewish Federation and the JCC developed a collaborative model for Jewish education? Kehillah Partnership The Kehillah Partnership of Northern New Jersey is an innovative, community-wide effort to build a stronger and more engaged Jewish community across ... Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  24. 24. What if professional development for teachers included shopping at Macys? Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  25. 25. <ul><li>P artnership for E ffective L earning and I nnovative </li></ul><ul><li>E ducation- PELIE </li></ul>What if . . . .we wanted to create a movement for change in congregational education? Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  26. 26. What if . . . . I want to learn more and be part of the national conversation? Jewish Education Change Network www.jedchange.net A Network for individuals involved in making positive change in Jewish education . Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  27. 27. <ul><li>“ The best way to predict the future is to invent it” </li></ul><ul><li> – computer pioneer Alan Kay </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  28. 28. <ul><li>“ I wonder if I've been changed in the night? </li></ul><ul><li>Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? </li></ul><ul><li>I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. </li></ul><ul><li>But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?‘ </li></ul><ul><li>Ah, that's the great puzzle!” </li></ul><ul><li>-Alice, from Alice in Wonderland </li></ul>Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  29. 29. ??? Questions ??? Innovations in Congregational Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education As a group come up with 5 questions about one of the innovative models : <ul><li>Kesher </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew Wizards </li></ul><ul><li>Yerusha </li></ul><ul><li>iLearn </li></ul><ul><li>Kehillah Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Shir Shalom </li></ul>

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